CM Punk is suddenly back in the headlines this week after an interview between AEW’s Dax Harwood and fighting Previewed on Wednesday. Sean Ross Sapp wrote in Choose a fight that Punk still loves wrestling and that his reading of Steve Keirn’s new book gave him the itch to get back in the ring. Punk then commented on an Instagram post about the book, bringing up a story of two wrestlers fighting backstage but managing to bury the hatchet the next day. There are obvious parallels between that and what happened in Brawl Out, though it’s unclear if Punk, Bucks, and Kenny Omega even tried to set things right.
Punk wrote: “Great story about Gator and Coco fighting in the locker room and then (Jerry) Lawler drags them into the office the next day and crushes him. Brilliant”.
Then Dave Meltzer was asked for an update Observer Wrestling Radio – “What he’s saying is that he wants to come back to (AEW). Which we already knew, other people have said as well, that he’s looking forward to coming back. It’s up to Tony (Khan) and Tony will make a decision at some point.”
There were also interesting background details regarding Punk from this week’s Dynamtie. The show opened with The Young Bucks being placed inside an ambulance outside the ring after an attack (supposedly) from the Blackpool Combat Club. Kenny Omega attempted to pursue the duo but was stopped by Don Callis, who still wanted Omega to duel in his match with El Hijo Del Vinkingo later in the night. You will notice in the image below that there is a production truck in the background with various tables stacked along the side. Those were used to obscure Punk’s face.
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“AEW should have Kenny Omega in the locker room. I know I feel like AEW should have CM Punk in the locker room. With these four entities, he makes our talent roster deeper and so much better. Four guys who want to be the best. No matter what No matter what any of us personally think, I know we all want to be the best and I know we all want the best for professional wrestling. He’s given us lives we couldn’t have had otherwise,” Harwood previously said. FTR podcast, publicly campaigning for all four men to work through their differences for the good of the company.
He continued, “This is my appeal to the four men.” “Please find a way to make it work. If we can make it work, we can set up the future of pro wrestling for a long time and we can change the course of pro wrestling for a very long time. When you think about it, unselfishly, we’ve been doing this 20-30 years down the road so guys and girls can earn a living.”